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    My friend was planning to have a birthday party but for various reasons he had to cancel it. And if am to know that on his birthday, which of the following is correct ?
    1.Today only i knew you ain't celebrating your birthday.
    2.Today only i came to know you ain't celebrating your birthday.

    Now, in case both are grammatically correct please comment on how a native speaker is likely to say it.
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    Default Re: came to know/ knew

    Quote Originally Posted by butwas View Post
    My friend was planning to have a birthday party but for various reasons he had to cancel it. And if am to know that on his birthday, which of the following is correct ?
    1.Today only i knew you ain't celebrating your birthday.
    2.Today only i came to know you ain't celebrating your birthday.

    Now, in case both are grammatically correct please comment on how a native speaker is likely to say it.
    Nieither one is correct. Try "I only discovered today that you had cancelled your birthday party".

    Please give correct information in your profile.

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    Default Re: came to know/ knew

    Quote Originally Posted by butwas View Post
    1.Today only i knew you ain't celebrating your birthday.
    "Ain't" is substandard in most places.

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